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a routine check
▪ Police stopped the vehicle for a routine check.
a security check
▪ There are security checks at the entrance to the courtrooms.
carry out a check
▪ Manufacturers carry out safety checks on all new cars.
carry out a check
▪ Manufacturers carry out safety checks on all new cars.
check a dictionary
▪ I often check the dictionary for spelling and pronunciation.
check a map (also consult a mapformal) (= look at a map to get information)
▪ I don't know how to get to Berlin without consulting a map.
check card
check digit
check into a hotel (also book into a hotel British English)
▪ He checked into the hotel a little after 2 pm.
check (on) sb’s progress
▪ A social worker calls regularly to check on the children’s progress.
check out of a hotel (=leave a hotel)
▪ We packed and checked out of the hotel.
check sth out of the libraryAmerican English (= borrow a book etc from the library)
▪ You can check out up to ten books from the library.
check the gauge
▪ Steve checked the oil gauge.
check your email(s)
▪ The first thing I do every morning is check my email.
check/consult your watch
▪ He checked his watch and saw that it was only 2.15.
checked baggage (=baggage that you check in rather than carry onto the plane yourself)
▪ You can claim for loss or damage to checked baggage.
check/feel sb's pulse
▪ The nurse left the room after checking the girl's pulse.
checking account
check/take sb’s blood pressure (=measure it)
▪ The nurse will take your blood pressure.
coat check
make/do/carry out etc spot checks
▪ We carry out spot checks on the vehicles before they leave the depot.
rain check
▪ ‘Care for a drink?’ ‘I’ll take a rain check, thanks.’
random checks/tests
▪ He believes the police should be able to carry out random breath tests.
read/check the small print
▪ Always read the small print before you sign anything.
reality check
▪ It’s time for a reality check. The Bears aren’t as good a team as you think.
sound check
spot check
▪ spot checks on quality
test/check/monitor the quality
▪ The equipment is used to monitor the city’s air quality.
▪ Before you embark on writing a macro always check to so if there is one already.
▪ I always check the pieces of whatnot, to make sure they aren't important whatnots.
▪ He always checked the mechanism before firing because the Ruger/MAC Mark I was now vintage and occasionally liable to jam.
▪ Italics Tips Always check how a publication, even a newsletter, spells its name.
▪ In either case, always check that the leash is properly attached to the collar.
▪ I always checked wheelchairs for false bottoms to hide missing limbs.
▪ So always check the small print.
▪ Good Windows 95 hackers always check the right-side button as well as any relevant menus already apparent.
▪ Before any payment is made calculations should be double checked.
▪ Lloyd Peters advised him to check and double check the information, before reporting back to them, or initiating a response.
▪ Positive test results are usually double checked in different ways to make absolutely sure, and can be relied on.
Just check the code for your selected departure point against the panel below to find the departure and return Time Band applicable.
Just check the standings for evidence.
▪ Trippy was not really interested in my financial situation; he was just checking that I was paying for dinner.
▪ I like to give people lots of independence and just check on them every once in a while.
Just check the Diamond Bingo numbers printed every day.
▪ Who cares, just check those sales figures.
Just check that no one's taken anything away from him, will you?
▪ You may like to check just how well you listen by practising listening in some simple everyday situations.
▪ Said she could check with the hotel if she wanted to be sure.
▪ Margarett would come to New York and check into a hotel.
▪ The police could then check the hotels for that day.
▪ Transfer to Kaprun and check in at the hotel.
▪ When he stays out of town, he frequently checks into deluxe hotels that charge hundreds of dollars a night.
▪ How many people take the trouble to check their hotel or restaurant bills these days?
▪ So check with your hotel or corporate sponsor in advance about possible child-care arrangements.
▪ Please ensure that you check your list and bring it up to date now and return to the Office.
▪ Presumably the Democratic National Committee checked the guest list with due diligence as to foreign corporate connections.
▪ It is important to check this list ahead of time so that you have everything ready to complete the demonstration.
▪ A buildings cost chart and a room-by-room contents check list are printed overleaf for your assistance.
▪ Students practiced simple organizational skills and were able to feel good as they checked off on their lists the assignments completed.
▪ For example, the editor will need to check lists of headwords which begin with lower-case letters.
▪ Outside the patio, survivors and families check lists taped to the walls of the government center.
▪ Ever since Jack could remember, women had been offended with his checking his watch.
▪ Satisfied that everything was as it should be, he checked his watch.
▪ I grin at him with my eyes and check my watch.
▪ As he came to the woods, he paused to check his watch.
▪ The men met each day at noon in the observatory to check the watch against the regulator clock and then rewind it.
▪ Gently, he eased it off on to the pillow and checked his watch. 11.15 p.m.
▪ I walked to the front door, checked my watch, and flicked the porch light on and off three times.
take a rain check (on sth)
▪ I'm sorry but I'm busy on Saturday - can I take a rain check?
▪ The warning voice could go take a rain check, she thought.
▪ "Are you sure this is the right phone number?" "Yes, I've just checked."
▪ "Can I exchange this for a smaller size?" "You should be able to. Let me check."
▪ "We have milk, don't we?" "Uh, I'll check."
Check that the meat is cooked thoroughly before serving it.
▪ Before your trip, check if your insurance covers you abroad.
▪ Doctors are trying to check the spread of the disease with drugs.
▪ I'll just check that I locked the door.
▪ I want to check my voice mail.
▪ Let's check to see if she's OK.
▪ That bag's too large to take on the plane - I can check it for you.
▪ Their passports were checked by immigration officers at the airport.
▪ We need to check the building for structural damage.
▪ You'd better check the figures one more time - we don't want any mistakes.
▪ If a source can not be stated and therefore checked, it must be suspect.
▪ If you are manually recording in a diary a secretary should check the dates three months in advance on a daily basis.
▪ It is not possible to check the accuracy of the figures.
▪ My idea of checking out a tunnel is throwing a hand grenade down it.
▪ She frowned, and checked again, her eyes widening in amazement.
▪ The mobile phone is constantly in use as he checks, queries and informs staff.
▪ You must evaluate your evidence, check it against other sources and decide if it is reliable.
▪ Outside, on the front lawn hoisted atop a wooden flagpole, an eternal blank check waves bravely in the breeze.
▪ But the public consensus for a Pentagon blank check collapsed with the Cold War.
▪ But I want to know where my party is going before I give it a blank check.
▪ In addition higher charges were made for all forms of dental treatment and new charges introduced for sight and dental checks.
▪ These Seventies coup s turn up at auctions like bad teeth at an infant's school dental check.
▪ And despite complaining about charges for dental checks, it would not consider removing them for years.
▪ Regular dental checks will help make sure that dentures fit.
▪ I think they should double check and treble check to make sure some one doesn't escape.
▪ Afterwards double check the plan - especially if you are not sure about something.
▪ Twice she turned from him, and again turned back to make a double and treble check.
▪ When shoots can be seen, double check that none of the tubers are upside down.
▪ Now is the time to conduct the final check on each of the features of the list.
▪ Poole made a final check of his tiny instrument panel.
▪ In the case of electrical installations, or procedures involving hazards, preliminary safety actions and final safety checks are needed.
▪ Auguste began to make his final checks.
▪ Varied learning strategies? - a final check Are you giving your pupils varied experiences, teaching strategies and activities?
▪ She will have a final check before being allowed home, possibly later today.
▪ The Second-in-Command organised the company into the final order of march whilst the other commanders carried out final checks.
▪ Voice over Before they set sail there are final checks to be made.
▪ All were passed fit after medical checks and were driven home to rest.
▪ He says that any cavers worried for their health should get a medical check up.
▪ Go for a medical check if necessary.
▪ It need not have the medical checks or the rules on weight difference or the timed rounds of official boxing.
▪ The scanner, made out of a large magnetic tube, gives detailed medical checks without surgery or side-effects.
▪ If you have any doubts, ask for a medical check to be carried out.
▪ Drew had gone with her to the hospital, where she had undergone a full medical check.
▪ Another medical check could find no organic reason for his failure to thrive and so psychological help was requested.
▪ A quick check on the relationships can also avoid some embarrassing assumptions when there are now so many reconstituted families.
▪ At the same time, it is important for you to do a quick management style check.
▪ A quick check outside confirmed my suspicions: we just weren't going up very fast.
▪ I did a quick equipment check, like an astronaut preparing for lift-off.
▪ The likeness was remarkably good, certainly enough for a quick check at Immigration.
▪ A quick check showed that some one had undoubtedly searched through her belongings.
▪ A quick check of all the extremities of the aircraft will be a good indicator though not a complete one.
▪ A quick check confirmed that with two eyes this was a different fish.
▪ More random checks are to be held over the next few weeks.
▪ Perhaps random spot checks could be carried out in the same way as breathalyser tests.
▪ Afterwards he was tested positive in a random check.
▪ A number of local law societies felt that random checks would be more productive in revealing problems.
▪ All your gear must be in good condition and regular checks cost nothing.
▪ The new job carries a regular weekly check of about $ 240.
▪ Conduct regular checks on your water quality using test-kits.
▪ It is really important to get regular reality checks from those we love and trust.
▪ But as soon as his regular check brings to light the absentee he is able to take prompt and appropriate action.
▪ The tank was left for a further two weeks, during which regular checks were made on the quality of the water.
▪ A good system for ordering and recording the receipt of all items is necessary and regular stock checks should be made.
▪ Social workers and health visitors make regular checks.
▪ When the two men drove away, the Garda stopped them on a routine check.
▪ The reporters had learned of him while making some routine checks.
▪ But doctors did not spot the hairline fracture until a routine check on the plates after she left.
▪ Forty thousand pounds worth of the drug was found in a car that was stopped in a routine check.
▪ A routine visual check of the plane was carried out before takeoff.
▪ Earlier in the day, a police officer was shot and wounded during a routine check on a van.
▪ He was carrying a false passport when he arrived from London but was recognised during a routine check.
▪ But spot checks by the agency have indicated travelers are informed only about two-thirds of the time.
▪ California requires a 15-day waiting period and a background check on all purchasers, even on sales between private parties.
▪ In the realm of Pop Warner youth football, Dilatush says, some leagues require a criminal background check for every volunteer.
▪ Commerce officials now say they wish a foreign background check had been done, even though it was not required.
▪ The council voted 5-2 to examine how Colorado and Oregon have handled the background check loophole.
▪ Licenses would be issued only to those 21 and older who pass a background check.
▪ Local law enforcement officials have just 48 hours to complete a background check of prospective gun purchasers.
▪ McWilliams said a background check would have revealed little because the man had no criminal record.
▪ A health check, in my opinion, involves a clinical examination and intervention, where appropriate, based on the findings.
▪ Some projects also run Well Person's clinics where you can see a doctor for a health check and Family Planning services.
▪ But their offer of free financial health checks proved just the tonic and generated a lot of new business.
▪ Meanwhile, another Belfast church is holding free health checks for local community members.
▪ I needed-what do they call that?-a reality check.
▪ Such feedback can be valuable as a reality check and provide you support when you actually implement your plan.
▪ Well, the first loss to Kentucky in 75 years and an imminent losing season is bringing forth a rude reality check.
▪ It is really important to get regular reality checks from those we love and trust.
▪ Mayor, why don't you drive around and get a reality check?
▪ Your accountant can do a reality check on your projections.
▪ In the case of electrical installations, or procedures involving hazards, preliminary safety actions and final safety checks are needed.
▪ The extra safety checks on Atlantis now mean Discovery will not launch until 8 March.
▪ London's trouble-plagued Millennium Wheel has passed its final safety check and is ready to take its first passengers.
▪ There's one on now: for less than a tenner anyone can have a four point safety check.
▪ The fifty-odd courtrooms are open to the public, though you have to go through stringent security checks first.
▪ Some said Pops sent his Social Security checks to his daughter to put his grandchildren through college.
▪ But leaving through the Vadinamian Valve the ship would have to go through another full molecular security check.
▪ When her Social Security check fails to last the month, or whenever her help is needed, she takes another job.
▪ It also became a very tedious place, since you can scarcely blow your nose there without going through a security check.
▪ One more step could prove to be justified in certain jobs: should you request a security check on the candidate?
▪ One is the drive to allow retirees to earn more money without having their Social Security checks reduced.
▪ Since 1985, she has quit two full-time jobs because her net pay was less than her welfare check.
▪ On the first of the month, the welfare checks arrive.
▪ To hear the politicians tell it, life in the ghetto was a whirl of passion, welfare checks, and liquor.
▪ Those who stay have to take classes, do chores, and save 70 percent of their welfare checks.
▪ The rent consumes most of their welfare check.
▪ Others carry a supplement - check pages for full details.
▪ The company said it was continuing to carry out checks at the well.
▪ The law puts the onus on the lender to carry out necessary checks.
▪ The new job carries a regular weekly check of about $ 240.
▪ He decided to carry out a computer check on Model.
▪ Use the spaces below to remind you when checks need to be carried out.
▪ He went round carrying out the usual checks, asking the usual questions.
▪ As the National Curriculum is implemented, it will be possible to carry out a check of the curriculum of each school.
▪ The fact that he would never be able to cash the check did not trouble him.
▪ No liquor. Cash or checks with guarantee card.
▪ The Casas de Cambio pockets a 1 percent spiff from cashing pay checks after hours.
▪ People would open a checking account, so they could cash a check at the market.
▪ Battaglia set it up so that whenever Anna needed something for college, a trustee would cut a check.
▪ Strapped in, Leese released the inertial reel lock so that he could lean forward to do the cockpit check.
▪ I tape everything that we do in sound check.
▪ I did a quick equipment check, like an astronaut preparing for lift-off.
▪ Your accountant can do a reality check on your projections.
▪ The reason is that such certificates might be regarded abroad as given after an official check of records.
▪ The second is a desire to stop giving monthly checks to alcoholics and addicts.
▪ He gave one last check: everything secure, shipshape and Bristol fashion.
▪ Irritated, she gives us a check and returns to her Virginia Woolf paperback.
▪ Much better reduction is given by the lexical check of candidate strings compared with the n-gram results.
▪ We never gave out car checks.
▪ I wondered how Bobbie felt and imagined her giving a last check to the pistol.
▪ But I want to know where my party is going before I give it a blank check.
▪ His own temper rose, but he held it in check.
▪ Legislators dependent on campaign contributions became the pawns of competing special-interest lobbies, who held each other in check.
▪ Malaria morbidity and mortality have been held in check by the widespread availability of cheap and effective antimalarial drugs.
▪ There were times in the second debate when Soft Al tried to hold Hard Al in check.
▪ Meanwhile, another Belfast church is holding free health checks for local community members.
▪ Communism was the powerful outside challenger that held ethnic forces in check elsewhere.
▪ Jody is grim on the sidelines, but during a time-out, she holds herself in check.
▪ An accurate record of her progress needs to be kept and a check made on the experience she has gained.
▪ Churn makes it harder for charities to raise money, keeps real-estate prices in check and politics volatile.
▪ Shipping Line SeaLand uses the system in Rotterdam to enable staff to keep a check on the location of containers.
▪ Could he keep the check and the watch both?
▪ Coalition thus involved inevitable difficulties which could only be kept in check as long as the sense of crisis lasted.
▪ And some like to keep a check on fat or other nutrients.
▪ Mulch plants each spring with straw to conserve moisture and keep weeds in check.
▪ Auguste began to make his final checks.
▪ The reporters had learned of him while making some routine checks.
▪ Before any building work began County Durham archaeologists from the Bowes Museum wanted to make a thorough check of what was buried.
▪ He was trying to make me out a check.
▪ In addition the computer itself can readily be made to perform certain checks.
▪ Instead he spent long hours alone, reading memoranda, and making check marks to indicate the recommendations that he ap-proved.
▪ Daily running checks need to be made and these checks must be supported by a workable maintenance system.
▪ Meyers and I made one last check before we left.
▪ But Mr Dorrell said the majority of people could afford to pay for eye checks and those on low incomes received assistance.
▪ I pay by check and ask the clerk to wrap it as a gift.
▪ Primo pays his check, pulls on his sweater and walks out front.
▪ Tom folded up his papers, paid his check, and went out.
▪ Q.. What if I paid by check, or in cash?
▪ Quinn paid up his check, put a mentholated toothpick in his mouth, and began walking again.
▪ We pay the check and walk up Columbus to the Works.
▪ For some women, expressing independence and self-reliance is feeling free to pay the check, to call the man.
▪ There was a rich woman who picked up the check for her friends - in short they were an entourage.
▪ They come back at the end of the day to pick up their modest checks.
▪ A strategy of re-investigation by the police itself might not, at least at first, provide an invincible check on mistakes.
▪ Using a variety of ordering algorithms which complement one another provides a check that the contigs they produce are not just artifacts.
▪ I was helped by these witnesses and they provide a useful check on the evidence of the residents.
▪ I have drawn this chart to a larger scale because it provides an excellent check of the limiting magnitude of binoculars.
▪ Ultimately, it was decided to provide checks in other ways.
▪ Sessions said information he receives from reference checks has helped enormously in cases he has filed against employers.
▪ Two days later, when Blue receives his check in the mail, there is finally a word from White.
▪ If the Yankees win the World Series, the bettor receives a $ 100 check from Antigua.
▪ At World Sports Exchange, customers requesting their winnings receive a check in the mail.
▪ In between, you might receive a check twice annually for the interest earned on that bond.
▪ Tabitha ran an axis circuit check.
▪ She also advised running a virus check before downloading or running from strangers.
▪ He set about using the time to run a complete check on his detection and recording equipment.
▪ They run computer checks on their opponent.
▪ I also ran a check on my own records, I should add.
▪ He ran through his check list: ammunition, radios, first aid, packed meals...
▪ For Personal Inventory, the teacher ran weekly checks on all of us.
▪ Only then did the cops bother to send anyone up to check to see if we were okay.
▪ Some said Pops sent his Social Security checks to his daughter to put his grandchildren through college.
▪ During recent natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has quickly sent out relief checks to thousands of residents.
▪ He sent me a check for one hundred dollars.
▪ And two, you refuse to help in any way beyond sending out checks every so often.
▪ Individuals and businesses are obliged to pay $ 49, but many never get around to sending in the check.
Send back the silverware. Send back the check.
▪ Some of the tax cuts will be retroactive, allowing the Treasury Department to begin sending checks to taxpayers later this summer.
▪ Mr Rosenthal's charitable actions go much further than signing his name on checks.
▪ You could sign checks with them.
▪ My abductors made me sign all the checks in my checkbook and kept me captive while they cashed them.
▪ They will get adoration and respect from everyone but the suit that signs their checks.
▪ Huang was one of two officials who signed the check.
▪ The firm pays interest only on the money it actually borrows, and it borrows the money simply by writing checks.
▪ His willingness to write checks, and to squeeze them from friends, was legendary.
▪ Police said Bokin has also been repeatedly convicted of theft, possession of stolen property and writing bad checks.
▪ But unbeknownst to her, he had continued to write some checks.
▪ They can not write checks or count cash.
▪ And the waiter writes no check.
▪ They have checkbooks and write checks all the time.
cut (sb) a check
▪ Battaglia set it up so that whenever Anna needed something for college, a trustee would cut a check.
run a check/test/experiment etc
▪ I also ran a check on my own records, I should add.
▪ It had been switched off after two senior doctors had twice run tests on the patient before declaring him dead.
▪ There is no incentive to run tests and analyse the results.
▪ They ran tests and took x-rays, then I was called in to hear the results.
take a rain check (on sth)
▪ I'm sorry but I'm busy on Saturday - can I take a rain check?
▪ The warning voice could go take a rain check, she thought.
▪ a security check
▪ a tablecloth with red and white checks
▪ A waiter came over and handed me the check.
▪ All routine safety checks were carried out before the flight.
▪ Let me pay the check.
▪ May I have the check, please?
▪ Spot checks by customs officers led to the arrest of several drug smugglers.
▪ The agency does background checks on all the nannies it hires.
▪ There are regular checks on the quality of goods leaving our factory.
▪ Each time you come across a skill you used in the story place a check next to it in the appropriate column.
▪ Oil change, check and adjustment services follow every subsequent 6,000 miles, with a major service scheduled every 36,000 miles.
▪ Then he wrote out a sizable check of his own and handed it to another Republic sportswriter.
▪ They run computer checks on their opponent.


  1. n. a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check" [syn: bank check, cheque]

  2. an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress" [syn: assay]

  3. the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check" [syn: chit, tab]

  4. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage]

  5. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory" [syn: confirmation, verification, substantiation]

  6. the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure" [syn: checkout, check-out procedure]

  7. a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.; "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name" [syn: check mark, tick]

  8. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress [syn: hindrance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap]

  9. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something [syn: chip]

  10. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"

  11. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper" [syn: bridle, curb]

  12. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

  13. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king


  1. v. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine" [syn: check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into]

  2. make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"

  3. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product" [syn: see, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure]

  4. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn: control, hold in, hold, contain, curb, moderate]

  5. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"

  6. put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items" [syn: check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick]

  7. slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development" [syn: retard, delay]

  8. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!" [syn: check out]

  9. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]

  10. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

  11. train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?" [syn: discipline, train, condition]

  12. consign for shipment on a vehicle; "check your luggage before boarding"

  13. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"

  14. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons

  15. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"

  16. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on [syn: checker, chequer]

  17. decline to initiate betting

  18. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back]

  19. place into check; "He checked my kings"

  20. write out a check on a bank account

  21. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: determine, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn]

  22. verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"

  23. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"

  24. make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint" [syn: chink]

  25. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated" [syn: crack, break]

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Check \Check\ (ch[e^]k), n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. ['e]chec, a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl. ['e]checs chess, through Ar., fr. Pers. sh[=a]h king. See Shah, and cf. Checkmate, Chess, Checker.]

  1. (Chess) A word of warning denoting that the king is in danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in check, and must be made safe at the next move.

  2. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.

    Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress of Christianity.

    No check, no stay, this streamlet fears.

  3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff.

    Useful check upon the administration of government.

    A man whom no check could abash.

  4. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as, checks placed against items in an account; a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad.

  5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below.

  6. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design; also, cloth having such a figure.

  7. (Falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.

  8. Small chick or crack.

    Bank check, a written order on a banker or broker to pay money in his keeping belonging to the signer.

    Check book, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a bank.

    Check hook, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a checkrein is looped.

    Check list, a list or catalogue by which things may be verified, or on which they may be checked.

    Check nut (Mech.), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the primary nut to secure it.

    Check valve (Mech.), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler, or other conduit, to prevent the return of the feed water or other fluid.

    To take check, to take offense. [Obs.]

    Syn: Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction; reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff; tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.


Check \Check\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Checked (ch[e^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. checking.]

  1. (Chess) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.

  2. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb. Hence, (Ice Hockey) To obstruct the motion of an opposing player by contacting him with one's body.

    So many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and oppression.

  3. To verify, to guard, to make secure, by means of a mark, token, or other check; to distinguish by a check; to put a mark against (an item) after comparing with an original or a counterpart in order to secure accuracy. Hence, To compare with an original or with some standard, to insure correctness; as, to check an account; to check with a supervisor about procedures.

  4. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.

    The good king, his master, will check him for it.

  5. (Naut.) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.

  6. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber.

  7. To leave (something) in the temporary custody of another; as, to check baggage; to check one's firearms at the door; to check one's coat at the cloakroom.

  8. To accept (something) for temporary custody from another; as, to check a customer's baggage; to check a customer's coat.

  9. To make a checkered pattern upon.

    Syn: To restrain; curb; bridle; repress; control; hinder; impede; obstruct; interrupt; tally; rebuke; reprove; rebuff.


Check \Check\, a. Checkered; designed in checks.


Check \Check\ (ch[e^]k), v. i. To make a stop; to pause; -- with at.

The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power, either is disabled for the future, or else checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after.

2. To clash or interfere. [R.]

3. To act as a curb or restraint.

It [his presence] checks too strong upon me.

4. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.

5. (Falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.

And like the haggard, check at every feather That comes before his eye.


Check (unit testing framework)

Check is an open source unit testing framework in the style of xUnit for C programs. The framework is considered stable—even though it has not reached its 1.0 release yet—and is available in the package distribution systems of most Linux distributions, as well as for Windows and OS X.

Check is used by some well-known projects such as GStreamer.

Check (pattern)

A check (also checker, Brit: chequer) is a pattern of modified stripes consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines forming squares.

Check (mobile app)

Mint Bills, formerly Check and before that Pageonce, is a mobile banking application developed by Check, Inc. Mint Bills utilizes proprietary account aggregation technology for secure payment technologies in its mobile applications. Mint Bills' primary service allows users to pay bills and track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions and balances through Mint Bills website or mobile apps for its Android and iOS platforms.

Check (Young Thug song)

"Check" a song by American rapper Young Thug. It was released as the lead single from his breakout commercial release, Barter 6, on April 1, 2015.


Check may refer to:

  • Cheque ("Check" in U.S. English), an order for transfer of money
  • Checkbox, a type of widget in computing
  • Check (pattern) (or "Chequered"), a pattern of squares used on chess boards, fabrics, etc.
  • Check (unit testing framework), a unit testing framework for C programs
  • Check (mobile app), a mobile banking application.
  • CHECK Scheme, a penetration testing certification run by CESG
  • Checking (ice hockey), the act of physically keeping an opponent restrained
  • Rain check, an idiom from baseball meaning a deferral
  • CHECK, a command in SQL
  • Tartan, a checked pattern in fabric and weaving
  • Tick (check mark), a mark used for verification or notation
  • A radial crack (as opposed to 'shake') along a medullary ray in wood that can appear during the wood drying process
  • An imperfection in glass that can appear during glass production

Check (chess)

A check is a condition in chess, shogi and xiangqi that occurs when a player's king (or general in xiangqi) is under threat of capture on their opponent's next turn. A king so threatened is said to be in check. A player must get out of check, if possible, by interposing a piece between the threatening piece and the king, capturing the threatening piece, or moving the king to a square where it is no longer in check. If the player cannot move out of check, the game ends in checkmate and the player loses. Players cannot make any move that puts their own king in check.



Etymology 1 n. 1 (context chess English) A situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece. 2 An inspection or examination. 3 A control; a limit or stop. 4 (context US English) A mark (especially a checkmark: (lang und sc=Latinx ✓)) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick ''(UK)''. 5 (context US English) An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque ''(UK, Canada)''. 6 (context US English) A bill, particularly in a restaurant. 7 (context contact sports English) A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play. 8 A token used instead of cash in gaming machines. 9 A lengthwise separation through the growth rings in wood. 10 A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified. 11 (context falconry English) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds. 12 A small chink or crack. vb. 1 To inspect; to examine. 2 To mark with a checkmark. 3 To control, limit, or halt. 4 To verify or compare with a source of information. 5 To leave in safekeeping. 6 To leave with a shipping agent for shipping. 7 (context street basketball English) To pass or bounce the ball to an opponent from behind the three-point line and have the opponent pass or bounce it back to start play. 8 (context contact sports English) To physically remove a person from play. 9 (context poker English) To remain in a hand without betting. Only legal if no one has yet bet. 10 (context chess English) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, especially the king, in check; to put in check. 11 To chide, rebuke, or reprove. 12 (context nautical English) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended. 13 To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc. 14 To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack. 15 To make a stop; to pause; with ''at''. 16 (context obsolete English) To clash or interfere. 17 To act as a curb or restraint. 18 (context falconry English) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds. Etymology 2

n. (context textiles usually pluralized English) A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


"mark like a chessboard, incise with a pattern of squares or checks," late 14c. (implied in checked), from check (n.1). Related: Checking.


"pattern of squares, cross-like pattern," c.1400, short for checker (n.1).


c.1300, "a call in chess noting one's move has placed his opponent's king (or another major piece) in immediate peril," from Old French eschequier "a check at chess" (also "chess board, chess set"), from eschec "the game of chess; chessboard; check; checkmate," from Vulgar Latin *scaccus, from Arabic shah, from Persian shah "king," the principal piece in a chess game (see shah; also compare checkmate (n.)). Also c.1300 in a generalized sense, "harmful incident or event."\n

\nWhen the king is in check that player's choices are severely limited. Hence, "sudden stoppage" (early 14c.), and by c.1700 to "a token of ownership used to check against, and prevent, loss or theft" (surviving in hat check) and "a check against forgery or alteration," which gave the modern financial use of "bank check, money draft" (first recorded 1798 and often spelled cheque), probably influenced by exchequer. Checking account is attested from 1897, American English. Blank check in the figurative sense attested by 1849. Checks and balances is from 1782, perhaps originally suggesting machinery.


late 15c., in chess, "to attack the king; to put (the opponent's king) in check;" earlier (late 14c.), "to stop, arrest; block, barricade;" see check (n.).\n

\nA player in chess limits his opponent's ability to move when he places his opponent's king in check. All the other senses seem to have developed from the chess sense: "To arrest, stop;" then "to hold in restraint" (1620s); and finally "to hold up or control" (an assertion, a person, etc.) by comparison with some authority or record, 1690s.\n

\nHence, to check off (1839); to check up (1889); to check in or out (in a hotel, of a library book, etc., by 1918). To check out (something) "to look at, investigate" is from 1959. Related: Checked; checking.

Usage examples of "check".

Creating Pygmalion without establishing a check on his ability to assume power had been a gross blunder.

The three of us went first to check on the pool, and found it gratifying abrim with repulsive brown water, wide and deep enough to have submerged our truck.

The two were ostensibly engaged in checking the mechanical adequacy of the refrigerated vivaria.

It appears, therefore, at first sight that greasing the tips of these radicles had checked but little their bending to the adjoining damp surface.

In severe hemorrhages, this quantity should be administered every half hour, until the bleeding is checked.

L staff whose job was to check identifications before allowing admittance to the ball.

Finally, his F-14 was lined up on catapult one, the deck sailors attaching the catapult to the nose gear Collins checked his instruments, the twin turbines purring aft, waiting to be kicked into full thrust.

Keeping your mind active keeps arterial aging, immune aging, and even accidents in check, and has a RealAge benefit of making you 1.

He checked the indexes and methodically began reading everything he could find about agnosia and amaurosis, with the uncomfortable impression of being an intruder in a field beyond his competence, the mysterious terrain of neurosurgery, about which he only had the vaguest notion.

The commons appeared determined no longer to brook a delay of the agrarian law, and extreme violence was on the eve of being resorted to, when it was ascertained from the burning of the country-houses and the flight of the peasants that the Volscians were at hand: this circumstance checked the sedition that was now ripe and almost breaking out.

After they checked his pulse to make certain that he was still alive, Marks and Akers dragged him out of the storeroom and up the corridor to Module Nine, the laboratory which also functioned as the base infirmary.

Going to the door, Alec checked the corridor again and then continued with his task.

So he calls up Ernie and me, right here in this hide-out, and says to check on Renz and Alker and grab anybody that tries to follow them.

When Marge arrived tonight, she would watch over Dunlap while the one-armed man and the son in need of a father would ride out to check the steers, and in the meantime, Slaughter leaned back, smiling, as the setting sun cast an alpenglow on Lucas who rode straight and strong, and a colt veered from its mother, and they gamboled in the sun.

They checked altitude and air speed, fuel consumption and position in formation, and again searched the wide sea and the sky.